Holiday Prelude Concert

Fall 2018 Concert Notes

Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass

Sunday November 18, 2018 3:00 pm
First Congregational Church, Danbury, Connecticut

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  • Arise, Your Light Has Come – David Danner (1951 - 1993)

    Opening with brass fanfares and majestic pageantry, this dynamic choral showcase is an exceptional canticle of praise.

  • Mark Hayes

    Mark Hayes
    b. 1953

    Song of the Angels – arr. Mark Hayes

    Angels We Have Heard on High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing are combined in this unique arrangement.

  • Lewis Redner

    Lewis Redner
    1831 - 1908

    Phillips Brooks

    Phillips Brooks
    1835 - 1893

    Dan Forrest

    Dan Forrest
    b. 1978

    O Little Town of Bethlehem – Lewis Redner; words by Phillips Brooks; arr. Dan Forrest

    One of our favorite composers has given the beloved carol a new arrangement filled with peace, wonder, and awe.

  • Eleanor Farjeon

    Eleanor Farjeon
    1881 - 1965

    Craig Courtney

    Craig Courtney
    b. 1948

    People, Look East – Eleanor Farjeon; arr. Craig Courtney

    A joyous setting of this advent carol for one piano - four hands.

  • Kim André Arnesen

    Kim André Arnesen
    b. 1980

    Cradle Song – Kim André Arnesen

    Beautifully expressive piece set to a poem by the famous hymn writer Isaac Watts. Featured on the 2013 St. Olaf Christmas concert broadcast from Norway.

  • Pepper Choplin

    Pepper Choplin
    b. 1957

    Tiny Miracle – Pepper Choplin

    A cappella with a Latin feel with percussion.

  • Jay Althouse

    Jay Althouse
    b. 1951

    Whisper! Whisper! – Jay Althouse

    Lively a cappella spiritual for men's voices.

  • Joseph Martin

    Joseph Martin
    b. 1959

    Celebration of Light – Joseph Martin

    Energetic and festive original for Hanukkah.

  • Dan Forrest

    Dan Forrest
    b. 1978

    Christmas Joy! – arr. Dan Forrest

    A medley of timeless yuletide melodies, packaged in fresh and sparkling colors.

  • Vera Hall

    Vera Hall
    1902 - 1964

    Ruby Pickens Tartt

    Ruby Pickens Tartt
    1880 - 1974

    Alan Lomax

    Alan Lomax
    1915 - 2002

    Mac Huff

    Mac Huff
    b. 1955

    Last Month of the Year – Vera Hall; adapted and arranged by Ruby Pickens Tartt and Alan Lomax; arr. Mac Huff

    From a Grammy Award winning Christmas album by the Blind Boys of Alabama, this joyous gospel-shuffle spiritual - arranged in call and response style - asks "Now tell me, when was Jesus born?"


    We celebrate the diverse music of Russia with three eclectic examples.

    • Wallingford Riegger

      Wallingford Riegger
      1885 - 1961

      The Sleigh – Richard Kountz (1896 - 1950); arr. Wallingford Riegger

      This joyful ethnic piece depicts sleighing on a moonlit night.

    • Audrey Snyder

      Audrey Snyder
      b. 1961

      Carol of the Russian Children – arr. Audrey Snyder

      A charming arrangement based on a 16th Century carol.

    • Tina Johns Heidrich

      Tina Johns Heidrich
      b. 1954

      Kalinka – arr. Tina Johns Heidrich

      With its bold and spirited refrain, Kalinka is derived from an old Russian dance form and continues to enjoy great popularity in Russia and around the world.

  • Dermot O'Reilly

    Dermot O'Reilly
    (1942 - 2007)

    Tova Olson

    Tova Olson

    Children's Winter – Dermot O'Reilly; arr. Tova Olson

    Stunning selection depicting reflections of winter in the eyes of children.

  • Melissa Manchester

    Melissa Manchester
    b. 1951

    Matt Rollings

    Matt Rollings
    b. 1964

    Beth Nielsen Chapman

    Beth Nielsen Chapman
    b. 1958

    Roger Emerson

    Roger Emerson
    b. 1950

    There's Still My Joy – Melissa Manchester, Matt Rollings, and Beth Nielsen Chapman; arr. Roger Emerson

    An inspiring message of hope and peace at Christmas.

  • Brett Eldredge

    Brett Eldredge
    b. 1986

    Ross Copperman

    Ross Copperman
    b. 1982

    Ed Lojeski

    Ed Lojeski

    Glow – Brett Eldredge and Ross Copperman; arr. Ed Lojeski

    This upbeat new big band number, with Sinatra-style vocals, celebrates the glow and warmth of the season.

  • Rosephanye Powell

    Rosephanye Powell
    b. 1962

    Christmas Memories – Rosephanye Powell

    A charming, romantic ballad recounting memories of love at Christmastime.

  • Dottie Peoples

    Dottie Peoples
    b. 1950

    Mike Speck

    Mike Speck
    b. 1954

    Lari Goss

    Lari Goss
    1945 - 2015

    Danny Zaloudik

    Danny Zaloudik

    Testify! – Dottie Peoples; arr. Mike Speck, Lari Goss, and Danny Zaloudik

    We will pull out all the stops to close our concert with this rousing number, that has driving rhythmic excitement straight through to its jubilant conclusion.